Some good news regarding Ron Artest’s…
O.C. Register: Ron Artest is scheduled to get on the treadmill while supervised and observed by medical personnel Wednesday. The goal is to gauge how Artest, recovering from a concussion, responds to an elevated heart rate.
The Lakers are hoping to have Artest back on the court Friday night against Sacramento, but he has already missed two wishful-thinking returns on the part of Phil Jackson, who weighed too heavily Artest’s desire to play over the caution needed regarding brain trauma. That’s ultimately the point of my column on Artest: There’s some healthy but way too much unhealthy skepticism out there regarding the circumstances of his injury … and therefore too little attention being paid to his injury.
Kobe Bryant, who was the first person Artest text-messaged en route to the emergency room Saturday night, definitely realized the seriousness of the moment. Bryant said he immediately alerted Lakers trainer Gary Vitti that Artest had been in contact and couldn’t remember anything.
Said Bryant on Tuesday night: “He’s a warrior like I am. He plays through everything.”
Concussions, however, are unique injuries. I’ve had one — and not a mild one — and it was the worst. There’s just so much bad about it. Now, six years later, I still have some after-effects.